Monitoring and Researching Fisheries for Sustainability in the Pacific Islands

The Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division coordinates fisheries monitoring, fisheries data management, fisheries interactions, fish life history studies, and stock assessment.

Fishing vessels at Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai.

We provide the scientific foundation to inform effective implementation of ecosystem-based management and conservation strategies for fisheries throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands. This includes fish life history, population assessments, and research into methods to reduce bycatch of non-target species. We also monitor fishing activity, such as catch and effort, in the U.S. Pacific Islands and oceanic waters of the central and western Pacific, and work with the State of Hawaii and Pacific territorial agencies to improve their fisheries monitoring efforts. Our researchers assess the status of exploited fish stocks and provide scientific advice to fishery managers.

These activities are guided by the Magnuson-Stevens Act and international agreements. We also work closely with our partners in state, territorial, and other federal agencies, local and tribal governments, international fisheries organizations, foreign scientific institutions, the fishing and seafood industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

Resources

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American Samoa Longline Fishery Logbook Summary Reports

At the end of every quarter, all available logbook data from longline fishing operations are analyzed and an official report of preliminary non

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Hawaii Longline Fishery Logbook Summary Reports

At the end of every quarter, all available logbook data from longline fishing operations are analyzed and an official report of preliminary non

Publications

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Stock Assessment for the Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Complex in 2018, with Catch Projections Through 2022

A stock assessment of the main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 bottomfish complex was conducted in 2018. The assessment used a Bayesian surplus production

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2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment of Main Hawaiian Islands Kona Crab

This benchmark assessment improved upon filtering of data records by re-defining fishing effort as a single reported fishing day and exploring fisher

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on August 28, 2019